2011 February Health Care News

Issue Date: 
February, 2011

The February issue of Health Care News reports on federal Judge Henry Hudson’s ruling that the individual mandate in President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional. In Commonwealth of Virginia v. Kathleen Sebelius, one of several state cases against the health care law, Hudson determined the mandate “exceeds the constitutional boundaries of congressional power.”

Also in this issue:

  • Physician-owned hospitals are pushing back in the courts against federal regulations limiting their ability to function.
  • States considering how to set up insurance exchanges can learn from two examples.
  • Medical loss ratio requirements imposed by Obamacare could prove burdensome for a number of states. Florida is requesting a waiver.
  • The drug is not approved for the treatment of breast cancer, leaving patient groups outraged.
  • Sixty health care organizations and providers in Minnesota announced a new partnership to reduce unnecessary expenses for high-tech diagnostic imaging tests while protecting the doctor-patient relationship.
  • Legal expert Richard Epstein lays out the future course of judicial oversight of Obama’s law.

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